January 29, 2007
Take this quiz and find out. And whaddaya know? Turns out: I am: William GibsonThe chief instigator of the "cyberpunk" wave of the 1980s, his razzle-dazzle futuristic intrigues were, for a while, the most imitated work in science fiction. Which science fiction writer are you? I couldn't ask for a bigger compliment!
January 25, 2007
Yesterday's Israel Visual C# Users Group meeting at Microsoft, Ra'anana featured a lecture from guest speaker Tomer Shamam and he gave a talk about Windows Presentation Foundation.
The meeting was a mess. Here are some highlights to show why I left yesterday's meeting disappointed:
The invitation for the meeting said it'll start at 17:00. When we got there, we were told the lecture will only begin at 17:30. MS brought in pizzas for us while we waited - thanks for that!
The lecture did not actually start at 17:30. It was delayed for a further 15 minutes because it took...
I just tried to register with Google Checkout - Google's shiny new payment service. To my surprise, I could not find my beloved country of Israel in the countries drop down list. Turns out Google Checkout is only available in a few, select, countries. I learned this and little more in a support article buried deep inside the site. Why isn't Google Checkout available in Israel and so many other countries? Google isn't saying. Until then - Bad service Google dudes!
January 21, 2007
I'd like to give a thumbs up to WikiSeek - a new search engine that indexes Wikipedia and is a well needed alternative to Wikipedia's inferior search engine. Wikipedia have been taking their sweet time improving their search engine so SearchMe - a search engine company - was clever enough to fill the void and implement a better solution. BTW, If you're using YubNub, I've added a command there for WikiSeek, called "week".
January 17, 2007
Pete Stevens' neighbors were "stealing" his wireless internet access. So he decided to secure it in an original fashion. First he mapped all their web requests to go to KittenWar (danger! high saccharin levels). Then he decided to hook them up to a proxy server that would turn their internet literally on its head: Here are the technical details :). Via MonkeyBites.
January 15, 2007
Just had my first encounter with VSTO, trying to embed a C# macro in an Excel workbook. I fired up the ol' Visual Studio 2005, created a new "Excel Workbook" project and bumped straight into this: "Programmatic access to the Microsoft Office Visual Basic for Applications project system could not be enabled. If Microsoft Office Word or Microsoft Excel is running, it can prevent programmatic access from being enabled. Exit Word or Excel before opening or creating your project." A quick google gave me the solution for Office 2003 (thanks go to Harry Miller - MSFT): On the...
January 11, 2007
Here's a wonderful Kodak ad found via the Feng-GUI blog. I just love crazy, raving rants when they're done so well: When a company finally realizes it's lost its innovative edge years ago, that's the first step in getting it back. PS - I'll be writing some more about Feng GUI once I actually get it to actually work for me :). It keeps giving me a "web request timeout" message for some unknown reason.
You might recall my previous post about innovations in man-machine interfaces that bring us closer to the vision seen in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report - where Tom Cruise interacts with a computer by moving his hands in space to move 3D "objects" on screen. That post was about a novel touch screen that supports multiple points of contact - allowing for 2D interactions that is much more intuitive than using a keyboard or a mouse. Now comes a brilliant project from Microsft Research's Andy Wilson. He's written a program that utilizes a simple 30$ webcam to monitor his...
January 9, 2007
It makes me somewhat sad to write about the Linux community's latest attempt at bringing their product to the wider public. MakeTheMove.net is a website dedicated to spreading the word on why Linux and other FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) are the right choice for average Joes and Joans and not just for the ubergeeks. Ironically, the website looks like a parody of Linux' user unfriendliness. It is a failed attempt at being communicative. The layout of graphic elements and text is downright bad and unattractive. The long (and wide) paragraphs are difficult to read and worse -...
January 8, 2007
StreetTech just ran an item about a website called LibraryThing. It lets you populate an online catalog of your books by scanning the barcodes on the covers into your computer. The interesting question is - How do you scan a barcode into a PC and onto the web? Gareth from StreetTech suggests using something called a CueCat. This is an old barcode scanner gadget that was distributed freely to magazine subscribers a few years back (all Wired subscribers received them at some point). These things are no longer manufactured - the company went bust after it was discovered...